With less than two weeks before the start of the season, 2016 runner-up Tom Witts has announced that he’ll be returning to the VW Racing Cup for a shot at the title. The 25-year-old will return for the Maximum Motorsport outfit.
2016 was Witts’ second year in the category, picking up 6 wins and nine podiums during an impressive season where he switched cars at the half way point, proving his ability in all machines.
While he has been unable to move up, his level of experience will mean that he goes into the season as one of the championship favourites, benefiting from two years experience. He finished a mere 24 points behind last years champion Phil House and will be up for revenge against his JWB Motorsport counterpart.
“I’m excited to be back in the VW Cup, the championship is shaping up to be as competitive as ever. The grid is packed with some very capable talent so it’ll be tough, but I’m looking forward to carrying on the great close racing from last season and seeing if we can go one better this year.”
He continued; “It’s great to be back with Maximum after showing what a great partnership we made in out first full season together. I’ll be doing the full campaign in the trusty Scirocco. We know the pace of the car is good so hopefully we’ll be able to start where we left off.”
The first round of the year coincides with the opening British GT weekend at Oulton Park on 15-17 April. So far 26 drivers have been announced, with six of the top eight returning.
“It’s brilliant to have such a strong driver in Tom back with the Maximum Motorsport for the coming season.” said Stewart Lines, the team owner. “We’ve seen his capability in the car and know he’s going to be at the sharp end from the off.”